The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 25 September 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Detailed statistics are published in the web publication Forestry Statistics 2008, with an extract in the booklet Forestry Facts & Figures 2008. They include data on woodland area, planting, timber, trade, environment, recreation, employment and finance & prices for the UK.
The key points from the latest releases are:
- the woodland area in the United Kingdom in 2008 is 2.8 million hectares: 1.3 million hectares are independently certified as sustainably managed;
- about 8 thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2007-08;
- about 9.2 million green tonnes of UK timber (roundwood) were delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2007;
- wood products imported into the UK in 2007 were valued at £6.8 billion and comprised about 14 million cubic metres of wood (roundwood, sawnwood and woodbased panels) and about 9 million tonnes of pulp and paper;
- UK forests and wood products help to counter carbon dioxide emissions by removing around 4 million tonnes of carbon per year;
- in 2007, 47% of UK woodland provided and encouraged public access;
- 77% of people across the UK have visited woodland in the last few years for walks, picnics or other recreation;
- the Forestry Commission's net expenditure on public forests totalled £60 million in 2007-08, and a further £138 million were spent by the Commission on other activities, including grants, administration and research.
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